A quick look at AMD's RADEON R7 240GB SSD


In case you didn't know, AMD has recently ventured into branding SSDs as well. We have no idea what strategy AMD is adopting to have so many computer hardware products that are branded under the AMD brand, but it seems that other than the previous AMD memory modules, SSDs are also part of their timeline. In fact, it is almost possible to build a fully AMD branded computer right now. Talk aside, let's take a look at the AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD which is branded by AMD, manufactured by OCZ that is a Toshiba Group Company.


Setup: ASUS Maximus VII Gene with Intel Core i7 4770K

The AMD Radeon R7 SSD is available in 120GB,240GB and 480GB capacities. We've managed to get our hands on the 240GB version, which promises a Max Read speed of 550MB/s and a Max Write speed of 500MB/s. This is about the performance of most SSDs out in the market. However, what we are really concern about is its performance when put under different kinds of file types and file sizes. What kinds of speeds can it reach?

A first test on CrystalDiskMark shows the potential of the AMD Radeon R7 SSD. It was able to reach speeds of 494.7MB/s which is considered average a SSD of its type. However, its write speed is proved to be much more impressive at 520MB/s. This is even higher than its rated max speed of 500MB/s. 

As for ATTO Disk Benchmark, we can see that the drive gets maxed out at file sizes 2048KB and above with a max write speed of 530242KB/s and a max read speed of 555383KB/s. So did the drive perform up to what it is specified? Definitely. We can see that the AMD Radeon R7 seems to do quite well in its write speeds as well.

In a real world test, we took a 1.7GB big movie to transfer from 1 SSD (Intel 330 120GB) to the Radeon R7. This whole process took 3685ms and at an average transfer rate of 436MB/s. 

 When transferring the file back to the slower Intel SSD, it took almost twice the time because the write speed of the Intel SSD is almost half of the Radeon R7. This really shows that the quality of the SSD actually matter a lot if you are frequently transferring huge files between drives. This also shows how fast the AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD is. In fact, the Radeon R7 is almost twice as fast as the Intel 330.


Is the AMD Radeon R7 SSD worth the buy? Taking into the account of offerings from other brands and the falling memory prices that will eventually lead to distributors reducing prices for the SSDs, we think that the $245SGD Radeon R7 is a little bit too expensive. However, a true blue AMD fan will still support the brand. If you dream to have a fully AMD branded system, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD is definitely the way to go. Other than that, a 4 year warranty with an included 3.5" SSD Adapter with Acronis True Image HD software could probably justify the amount that you spend on this SSD. If I was the one making the decision, I will wait for it to drop in price before considering.

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